Streaming music used to be nothing more than a pipe dream. After numerous battles with the RIAA and major record labels, we finally have music streaming options.
Love or hate them, artists like XXXTentacion, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and Post Malone are trailblazers in proving independent artists can create a lane in the music industry. Meanwhile music vets like Jay-Z, Jack White, deadmau5, and Madonna banded together to take on the major labels and their streaming deals.
Music is the most cutthroat industry on the planet, even worse than the drug trade. Everyone wants a piece of the pie when you have a platform to reach millions of listeners. Which of these music streaming platforms.
Price: $15.99/month each SiriusXM Select and Premier Streaming, or $20.99/month for both. Discounts available for veterans.
Pros: Access to over 140 premium and exclusive satellite radio stations, can stream in car, on mobile phones, or on SiriusXM-compatible devices, minimal commercials, On-Demand.
Cons: Expensive, no native recording support.
9. Amazon Music Unlimited & Prime Music
Price: $119 Amazon Prime + $8 Music Unlimited, or $10 Music Unlimited w/out Prime. Student discounts available on Prime.
Pros: Ad-free, access to over 10 million songs (2 million with Prime Music alone), Alexa and Echo support.
Cons: Must pay on top of already-expensive Amazon Prime membership.
Price: $10/month standard, $20/month HiFi. Student and military discounts available.
Pros: Exclusive access to Jay-Z’s full catalog, artist exclusives, Hi-res audio, large library of ~50 million songs and ~200,000 music videos.
Cons: Limited genre offerings, high data usage.
7. YouTube Music
Price: $10/month YouTube Music, $12/month YouTube Premium (includes YouTube Music). Student discount available.
Pros: Google Assistant integration, access to illegal music, music videos, location-based playlists, YouTube can be accessed for free.
Cons: Audio quality isn’t always the best.
6. Apple Music
Price: $10 per month, veteran discount available.
Pros: Over 45 million songs available in Apple Music library, HomePod and Siri integration, iTunes integration, upload your own music.
Cons: iTunes integration means Apple will take full control of your music collection.
Price: Free Basic; Plus $4.99/month Android/web, $5.99 iOS; All Access $9.99/month web/Android, $12.99/month iOS.
Pros: Access to live radio streams from around the country, All Access provides access to offline play, unlimited skips, available on a wide variety of devices.
Cons: Terrestrial radio is filled with ads (and they’re almost perfectly synced to be unavoidable).
4. Slacker Radio
Price: Free with ads, $4/month ad free, $10/month on demand.
Pros: Variety of streaming stations, along with user-generated playlists.
Cons: Unable to upload your own music.
Price: Free with ads, $5/month ad free, $10/month on demand.
Pros: Available on a wide variety of platforms (including smart TV), large library of over 30 million songs,
Cons: Terrible recommendation engine, can’t upload your own music.
Price: Free with ads, $4.99/month SoundCloud Go without ads, $9.99/month SoundCloud Go+.
Pros: Access to over 150 million songs and counting, discover new artists, add your own songs, large selection of user-generated content.
Cons: Unpredictable recording quality, limited commercial music selection.
Price: Free Basic, $10/month Premium, $3/month Hulu add-on. Student and veteran discounts available.
Pros: Over 35 million songs available, offline content, wide variety of devices, Sonos/Google/Alexa integration, Hulu discount, user playlists.
Cons: Difficult to add personal music library.